[ES_JOBS_NET] Fully Funded PhD position in Ecohydrology at SLU, Sweden

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu May 12 08:18:18 MDT 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Please help distribute this announcement for a PhD student position which
will become available at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management,
SLU to characterize and quantify the important role trees play in the
boreal hydrologic cycle. The main goal of this project is to partition
evapotranspiration into evaporation and transpiration across multiple
spatial and temporal scales and in an already established, well
instrumented boreal forest catchment. The project will use a combination of
techniques, including sap flow measurements, stable isotope techniques and
eddy covariance data to investigate the interactions and feedbacks between
vegetation and the terrestrial hydrologic cycle as well as evaluate how
these interactions and feedbacks may respond to a changing climate.

This position is part of a cluster hire of eight PhD students and
postdoctoral fellows that will be involved in a recently funded project
from the prestigious Wallenberg Foundation. The overarching aim of this
project is to deepen our fundamental understanding of the physiological and
environmental drivers of carbon and water flows and their coupling in
forest ecosystems. Thus, the candidate will be a member of a large, vibrant
working group and will be encouraged to interact with a diverse group of
experts in the field of ecohydrology.

The successful candidate is expected to start during summer/early autumn of
2016 and will be under the supervision of Dr. Niles Hasselquist and Dr.
Hjalmar Laudon. This position is fully funded for four years with the
expectation that she/he will complete a PhD-degree at the end of the
project. The affiliation of the PhD student will be the Department of
Forest Ecology and Management, SLU in Umeå, Sweden which has an
international character both when it comes to research and teaching.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with good communication skills
in English, both orally and written, a strong work ethic, a team player and
work well in a strong research environment. We are searching for a person
with a MSc. in plant physiology, hydrology or related field. Previous
experience with stable isotope techniques, sap flow sensors and/or the
eddy-covariance method is a merit. Experience with field data collection
methods, analysis of large datasets and/or the use of R or other
statistical programs is preferred. A valid driver’s license is required for
traveling to the field sites.

For more information about this position and how to apply please visit

Niles Hasselquist

Niles Hasselquist
Forskarassistent (Assistant Professor)
Department of Forest Ecology and Management
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
SE-90 183 Umeå, Sweden
Phone: (+46) 761484834
Email: niles.hasselquist at gmail.com
Webpage: nileshasselquist.weebly.com
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